October 11, 1531

On October 11, 1531, an event in Switzerland that you’ve never heard of, might have had a profound effect on your life and beliefs. Imagine!

The Brothers Path

For us here in the US, history started in one of several discrete moments. For those of us with Viking ancestry, it begins in Vinland — Newfoundland — around 1000 CE meaning Newfoundland should properly be called, “Nearly-newfoundland.” For others it began in 1607 in Jamestown or 1620 at Plymouth Rock. Yet, events in Europe that occurred long before the colonies began to succeed and endure affected the culture than emerged in America.

One of these was the Second War of Kappel, a world-changing event that happened in Kappel am Albis near the border between Canton Zürich and Canton Zug in Switzerland, a brief, bloody rout in which 500 soldiers from Protestant Zürich were killed by an army from the five nearby Catholic Cantons. Never heard of it? That’s OK…

Zürich had not been Protestant long — in fact, nowhere had been Protestant long. The conversion of Zürich was led by a charismatic preacher, a priest, by the…

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